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New poll shows more Americans oppose Kavanaugh confirmation to Supreme Court

A demonstrator dressed as Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh attends a protest in Madison Square Park, October 1, 2018 in New York City. Following White House authorization, the FBI is further investigating sexual misconduct claims against Kavanaugh. In a speech on the Senate floor on Monday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insisted he will hold a vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation later this week. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

One week after Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh appeared on Capitol Hill to testify about Ford’s sexual assault allegation against the Supreme Court nominee, opposition to Kavanaugh’s confirmation by the Senate is growing, a new Reuters-Ipsos poll shows.

The rolling seven-day average now shows 41 percent of respondents oppose Kavanaugh being confirmed, while 33 percent still support the embattled judge taking a seat on the nation’s highest court. Some 26 percent of U.S. adults responded that they did not know whether Kavanaugh should be confirmed. That’s a four percent increase in opposition since September 27, the day of their testimony, Reuters reports. In the days since, questions have mounted about whether Kavanaugh was totally honest under oath about his alcohol consumption as a high school and college student. Numerous times during his testimony, Kavanaugh proclaimed his affinity for beer.

Reuters, along with Ipsos, has been tracking Americans’ opinions on whether Kavanaugh should be confirmed since August 1. As the graphic below shows, the polling indicates Americans’ opposition to Kavanaugh being confirmed has reached its height since Reuters and Ipsos began surveying Americans on the topic. Interestingly, the 33 percent support for Kavanaugh (the pink line in the graphic) is a return to a peak first reached on August 15, indicating Americans, according to this poll, have largely never been enthusiastic about Kavanaugh. Opposition to Kavanaugh (the blue line in the graphic), however, has spiked in since September 25 and crested this week at 41 percent. The polling mirrors a survey taken earlier this week by YouGov, which asked Americans who they believed was more truthful in their testimony. Some 41 percent in that poll responded that Ford was more truthful to 35 percent who thought Kavanaugh was more truthful.

Reuters-Ipsos tracking poll of Americans’ opinions on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh since August 1.

Republicans nevertheless are still planning a cloture vote for Friday and a full Senate vote possibly as early as Saturday, The New York Times reports. Overnight, the White House and the Senate were given the results of the FBI’s supplemental investigation of Kavanaugh. Democrats criticized the report as being incomplete because FBI agents did not question Ford as part of the investigation. “The White House is fully confident the Senate will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” a Trump administration official said on Twitter.

Read the full story at Reuters and view the full interactive rolling average here.

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